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    Fund set up for renovation of 3 Kabul palaces

    KABUL (PAN): Kabul Mayor Mohammad Younus Nawandesh on Sunday opened a bank account for the renovation of three palaces in the capital Kabul.

    The money would be used for reconstruction of Amanullah, Taj Baik and Chehel Satoon Palaces, the mayor said, while opening the account at the state-run Pushtany Bank.

    Some government officials, tribal elders and parliamentarians also participated in the account-opening ceremony. 

    Amanullah Palace, eight kilometres southwest of the capital, was built in two years by German engineers during King Amanullah Khan's rule. The Taj Baik Palace is situated close to it.

    The Chehel Satoon Palace housed foreign guests in President Daud Khan's era. But the majestic buildings were ruined as a result of the civil war in 1990s.

    Maria, 10, donated 80 afghanis ($1.61) to the reconstruction of the palaces. "When I heard the municipality wants to set up a fund for the renovation of historical palaces, I decided to donate my saving."

    Some government officials also contributed to the fund. Asking staff of the Ministry of Education for contributions to the fund, Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak donated 10,000 afs.

    Head of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) Fatima Gilani donated 25,000 afs. Promising a $5,000 contribution from ARCS, she said: "We cannot always look to others for support."

    Chamber of Commerce head, Rahimullah provided 500,000 afs. National traders would contribute more money to the fund, he pledged.

    Mayor Nawandesh said: "This fund is part of our initiatives for reconstructing historical places with the help of the people." Amanullah and Chehel Satoon Palaces' reconstruction was being discussed with German engineers, he went on.

    The mayor delivered a message from President Hamid Karzai at the ceremony. The president supported the establishment of the fund, urging the people to help in renovation of the historical sites.

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